If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
When the Jews participated in the Day of Atonement, the ceremony involved two goats. The first goat was called, “the goat for the Lord.” This sacrifice of this goat is a picture of what Jesus did on the cross. The second goat was called the scapegoat and was a picture of what happens when we confess our sins. They would confess their sins and place them on the goat. Then the goat would be taken out to the wilderness to die, as a reminder that their sins and their guilt had been taken away.
To confess simply means that we agree with God about our sin, we admit that we were wrong. When we acknowledge this before God, then the blood of Jesus covers over that sin and it is completely removed from us. God forgets our sin. The challenge can be for us to forget. Guilt is the responsibility we feel when we have sinned. If we hold on to the guilt after the sin has been confessed and forgotten by God, then we are not going to experience the freedom God intends for us. The enemy of our souls will try to make us bear the guilt, or responsibility for our sin. If we accept this assignment, then guilt becomes shame. Guilt says our actions are bad, but shame says that we are bad. When the Blood of Yeshua is applied to our sin, we are completely cleansed, sin is covered, guilt and shame are washed away and God says we are as good as new. We must KNOW that this is true in order for us to joyfully come into God’s presence. Otherwise, we will think that God is still mad at us, or He is putting us on probation. This is not the case. We are restored to perfect fellowship with God.
One way to experience the cleansing power of God in the Atonement is to take some time to be alone with God. Ask Him to show you what He wants you to confess. Write down everything He shows you. Pray through the list, confessing and renouncing each sin. Thank Him that your sin is forgiven. Then write 1 John 1:9 boldly over your list. Tear it up, destroy it and know that you are FORGIVEN!
The door has now been opened for you to enter into the most joyful celebration of the year, the Feast of Tabernacles.